WORTHINGTON - Concrete likely won’t be coming this summer to the Worthington Middle School parking lot between the tennis courts and baseball field.

During Tuesday’s Independent School District 518 Board of Education meeting, the board rejected the two bids it received by last week’s deadline to pour concrete on the triangle-shaped parking lot. The bids, said District Director of Business Management Dave Skog, were approximately two times what was initially estimated. The low bid was approximately $844,000.

According to Superintendent John Landgaard, ICS Consulting recommended rejecting the bids, redesigning and rebidding next year.

The board also unanimously approved the language of its three-question November ballot, which will ask voters to consider an intermediate school of varying size and cost and transferring lease levy to general obligation bonds.

In other school board business, the board:

  • Approved a conciliation agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Council and Alexy Nunez that has been outstanding since last fall.

Landgaard said the agreement doesn’t indicate the district did anything wrong, but the district agreed to make some changes. Further information regarding the terms of the agreement were not publicly shared pending a final signature from both parties. Landgaard told board members that any financial penalty is to be paid by the district’s insurance company.

  • Approved Matt and Darcy Ulbrich’s tax abatement request for a parcel at 27256 198th St. in Reading, where they plan on building a single-family home.
  • Approved Jerry and Nancy Krull’s tax abatement request for a parcel at 512 Third St. in Rushmore, where they plan to build a single-family home.
  • Approved Bruce Kempema’s tax abatement request for a parcel at 32442 200th St. in Worthington, where he intends to build a single-family home.
  • Approved receiving bids on three acres of surplus property on the southwest corner of its Crailsheim Road property.
  • Approved selling one acre of land for $500 or less and a possible donation to the school district. The board’s operations committee spent considerable time last week discussing the one acre of land, where a one-room schoolhouse that once sat in Dewald Township. Prior to being contacted by an area attorney, the district was reportedly unaware that it owned the property, which has been farmed by a surrounding owner.
  • Approved 32 additional school readiness slots, one licensed teacher and paraprofessional.
  • Approved the purchase of 730 iPads and cases at a cost of $232,862.70.
  • Approved writing off $1,044.35 of uncollectable food service negative balances. According to Skog, it would be more costly to go through the small claims court process than what the unpaid balances are worth.